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Brad Guzan does his heroic part. Again.

Mar 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was nothing less than outstanding, keeping Aston Villa in the game against defending EPL champion Manchester City. In the end, he couldn’t do enough as a gift goal to City was enough for a 1-0 win at Villa Park.

The game’s only goal Monday came courtesy a mistake from Villa defender Ciaran Clark – one that reminded me way too much of Claudio Reyna’s unfortunate mistake against Ghana as the United States crashed out of World Cup 2006.)

You, the good, sweet, clean U.S. Soccer supporter, should care about Guzan and Villa this for two reasons:

First, we don’t know the full extent of Tim Howard’s injury at Everton. If the longtime United States No. 1 cannot get himself sorted out in time, Guzan will be next man up for a huge U.S. World Cup qualifier. In just more than two weeks, Jurgen Klinsmann’s team will be in Denver to meet Costa Rica in a match that must be had – otherwise the American World Cup qualification effort will be nearing the skids.

Also, another point or three points dropped puts Guzan and Aston Villa a little closer to that perilous drop. Villa is currently in the drop zone, if only by virtue of goal difference. A drop into the English Championship probably won’t adversely dent Guzan’s development, but it might have some adverse effect. Or, if could prompt a sell-off, which might mean a move for Guzan. And we just never know how these things turn out.

  1. wfjackson3 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I am not too worried about us having to play Guzan. He has been doing pretty well at Villa, all things considered. And Howard has cooled from his peak performance.

  2. amybernhardt - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    If Villa does stay up this year – they person they should thank the most is Brad Guzan. He has been extremely solid all year, with a very shaky defense in front of him. Most games, the defense gives up at least one goal like today’s – where the defense completely breaks down and leaves Brad helpless.

    If Tim Howard can’t go for the USMNT, I wouldn’t feel at all worried about Brad having to step in.

    • tylerbetts - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      And … judging by the Honduras game and the Guatemala game and well, just about every competitive game the US has played outside of Columbus in the last year, that would make it natural to step into the USMNT as a starter. He’d feel right at home with the defense giving up at least one goal he can do nothing about.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Saw the game – Guzan made three incredible saves and at least a half-dozen other tough ones. He was absolutely immense in this game.

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